Posted: Dec 20, 2012 5:36 PM by Mitch Bryan
Updated: Dec 20, 2012 6:52 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - As you have probably heard Friday marks the end of the Mayan calendar. Some folks have interpreted that as the end of the world. But as our Mitch Bryan found out today, there aren't many folks here in the Coastal Bend who are taking that notion seriously.
As we hurtle toward the end of 2012, there has been much talk of the "end of days" looming ahead.
Most of these claims stem from the *concept* that the Mayan calendar ends Friday, December 21st. A fact that has inspired the plot of many Hollywood disaster flicks.
"If it happens, it happens. Honestly, I feel as if, I myself, personally, have lived a good life. So, I'm good," said Ada Ornelas, a local resident.
Despite the hype, those I spoke with, don't seem to have the slightest bit of concern over the possibility that life as we know it, could come to a screeching halt, Friday morning.
"A lot of people have put it to theory that the world is going to end. But I don't think that's going to happen," Justin Matinez said.
But what about the endless posts on Facebook...and the droves of people flocking to the Mayan ruins in Mexico?
I've done some research online and it turns out that there are several credible sources that almost, completely debunk the possibility of a Mayan Apocalypse come the 21st.
According to NASA, "this catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved to December 2012."
As for the asteroid theory, NASA states that "the last big impact was 65 million years ago," the same one that killed the dinosaurs. "And they have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids" anywhere near Earth.
Okay, so there's no asteroid headed our way, but what about the Mayan calendar coming to an end?
Well, according to Dr. David Stuart with the University of Texas in Austin, the Mayan calendar isn't ending, it is merely *beginning* a new cycle, or "bak'tun" as they were called.
Either way, those I found say that regardless of tomorrow's outcome, all we can really count on is today.
"Even if tomorrow is the last day. Even if it isn't. You never know what's going to happen so you should appreciate what you have anyway," Ada said.
By the way, it's already Friday in Australia and so far, everything there is just fine, no end of the world.
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